Here comes the rain again — City preps for high winds, tornadoes and even more rain

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rain-photoFollowing up on Tuesday’s 1.5 inches, yesterday dark clouds dropped almost 2.5 inches of rain onto the city’s streets. However, today’s storm could still be the worst with at least 1-2 inches of rain expected, and up to 4 inches possible.

Scattered thunderstorms have already started and could become more severe this afternoon and tonight.

Yesterday winds gusts blew through Long Beach Airport at nearly 35 mph. Today’s storms will bring increased winds of 60 mph or greater, which could lead to waterspouts and small tornadoes. (What to do if a tornado strikes in Long Beach.)

“Our City staff has been working night and day to clear flooded streets, inspect and clear catch basins, provide approximately 80,000 in three days, respond to reports of flooding and clear 5,000 tons of debris from our beaches,” Mayor Bob Foster said.  “There are still two more days of rain forecast and I urge residents to be careful on the roads and report any blocked storm drains or flooding by calling 562.570.2726.”

Although city crews have worked diligently to clear flood controls and drains, residents should expect more localized flooding in Long Beach today.

The storm drain systems are designed to handle up to one inch of rain an hour. Any more than one inch of rain an hour overwhelms the flow of runoff from the streets into the Los Angeles River and the San Gabriel River. Public works has stored cones and barricades at intersections that are expected to close as the rains get heavier. See the list below of Wednesday’s flood zones and plan appropriately if you must leave the house today.

In addition, the Parks, Recreation and Marine department have brought in earth-moving trucks to keep the beaches free from debris and kep the integrity of the sand berm on the peninsula.

Mayor Foster urged residents to stay indoors and avoid any unnecessary travel until the storm passes. Events are being canceled throughout the city and Cal State Long Beach will be closed until Friday. (See complete list of canceled events and closed public buildings.)

A Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect until 10 a.m. Friday, with a high surf advisory in effect until 11 a.m. Friday.

Stay tuned for more Long Beach weather updates.

Storm Stats:

  • Public Works crews responded to 240 flooded locations on Wednesday
  • Firefighters crews responded to 36 water-related calls between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on Wednesday, including six submerged vehicles and one vessel assist
  • The city has handed more than 80,000 sand bags to residents
  • 5 inches of rain fell in Long Beach from Monday to Wednesday
  • Up to 4 more inches could come down by Friday

Watch for Floods on LB Streets

Multiple streets and intersections were flooded and/or closes on Wednesday. Heavy rains may close some of these intersections again due to returned flooding. Flooded intersections included:

  • Atherton and Park
  • Long Beach Blvd. and Willow
  • 1900 block of Atlantic – Street flooded up to front of store
  • University Park Estates – back of 6th Street
  • Ocean Blvd. and 7th Place – with mud flow
  • Spring St. west of Studebaker
  • 3600 block of Ocean Blvd.
  • Pasadena and 23rd
  • 600 block of East PCH
  • 7th and Pacific

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